PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal practices in Melbourne

There were smiles all round late on Friday when Rafael Nadal touched down in Melbourne and quickly headed for the practice court on New Year’s Day in sweltering conditions, reported The Age. He returned a positive test to COVID-19 after an exhibition event in the UAE last month, threatening his Australian campaign. But our champ will fine-tune his preparations for 2022’s first major at an ATP 250 event in Melbourne next week.

Please leave a comment below, and let us know what’s your New Year’s wish for Rafa in 2022.


  1. Wishing Rafa a great 2022 free of injury and pain. If he can win more titles, that’s great. No matter what he is my GOAT.

    Seeing Rafa back on court makes me forget the misery of waiting through his injuries. As Rafa said, when you are feeling good you forget about all the past pain.

    RAFA ROCKS 2022

  2. All the best, Rafa for 2022!
    Want you to succeed at the Australian Open and become 14th time French Open champion.
    Want you to win 4 nos of Masters 1000 and at last, the ATP Finals.
    Take care of your health and fitness, please!
    God bless you,

  3. Rafa good luck all the best this year 2022 is going to be a great year for you vamosssssss champ 💪💪💪👍👍👍❤️❤️❤️🥰🥰🥰❤️❤️❤️💪💪💪

  4. Thank you Rafa for always being the champ you are and returning to us even if you’re suffering. You know how much we love you and you never disappoint us. We know that you’ll give your best and give us some breathtaking moments. Bless you for all the pleasure you give us still and through all the years.

  5. Rafa, my favourite player since 2005! Always welcome him back after injury absences. In 2022 I would love to see Rafa win the Australian Open and return to winning the French Open for a 14th time… that would be a dream to see him win those 2 tournaments. All the best, Rafa, for a spectacular season in 2022!

    • Vamos Rafa . Let’s make this a great return and win Australia Open . I like the new
      return positioning of taking the service return from inside the baseline . Also. the
      power on the first serve . Please keep the sleeveless look and dress in black . It’s
      intimidating to all opponents .

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